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Dinosaurs in real time: the structure, ontogenetic development, and stable isotopic patterning in moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) long bones in relation to diet and environment


This MSc project is part of an active Marsden Fund research programme, and will be based in the Department of Geological Sciences and School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). We seek an inspired and accomplished student to undertake this trans-disciplinary research on the use of recent fossil moa bones as proxies of environmental and ecological change in Aotearoa/New Zealand during the early period of human settlement.

For more information, contact us at:

Prof. Richard N Holdaway

School of Biological Sciences

University of Canterbury



Dr Travis W. Horton

Department of Geological Sciences

University of Canterbury



Chris Jacomb


Director, Southern Pacific Archaeological Research

Department of Anthropology

University of Otago



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